The Essential III boasts a series of notable improvements that elevate it well beyond the ability of its predecessor, both technically and cosmetically. The Essential III retains the simple yet elegant frame of the Essential II.
Made from high-quality MDF for its acoustically neutral character, and now wrapped in a high-gloss paint finish (available in red, white or black); the main structure combines both elegance and functionality. The plinth is then mounted on three anti-vibration feet, for effective decoupling from the surface on which the turntable is placed. One of the most obvious changes with the new model is in the use of an upgraded Acryl-IT E platter. Also available separately, the Acryl-IT E offers an inert platform for your vinyl records to reduce the unwanted effects of resonance.
Available for use with and without the supplied felt mat, the platter uses a stainless steel bearing in a bronze bushing with Teflon-lined bottom for liquid-smooth rotation. The overall sound result is an open, exciting sound that arrives at a foot-tapping tempo. The Essential III uses the same 9V motor as its predecessor, but it’s also the first to use a new integrated grounding link that dramatically reduces electrical interference to unprecedented low levels. The motor is a premium, synchronous AC design that’s driven by a built-in signal generator, ensuring optimal speed stability and minimal resonances.
The brand new aluminium pulley improves the performance and the appearance even further still. The Essential III is pre-fitted with an 8.6” aluminium tonearm for its lightweight, rigid characteristics. The gimbal bearing assembly uses sapphire bearings to allow for smooth tracking across a record, and the supplied counterweight allows for a variety of premium pick-up cartridges to be installed. The tonearm is supplied with an Ortofon OM 10 cartridge installed. Superior to the Essential II’s OM 5E cartridge, the OM 10 uses an elliptical profile and precision micro-mechanics to deliver a nice, full soundstage with plenty of impact.
The Essential III is a significant step forward for vinyl enthusiasts on a budget. The sound and the style have been pushed to new heights, all for a price that defies belief.
- High quality Acrylic-IT E platter Belt drive mechanism with silicone belt
- Low vibration synchronous motor Integrated motor control with DC power supply secures silent running
- Main platter bearing made from stainless steel runs in bronze bushing with Teflon bottom 8.6" aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings
- Factory fitted Ortofon OM10 cartridge
- Pre-mounted gold-plated RCA interconnect cable
- Special turntable feet for effective decoupling
- Lid included
What Hi-Fi?, August 2017
Comments of Note:
"Another five-star review – the company simply can’t shake the habit of turning out top-class turntables."
Hi-Fi Choice, February 2017
|Reviewed By:||Ed Selley|
|Sound Quality:||5 Stars|
|Value For Money:||5 Stars|
|Build Quality:||4.5 Stars|
|Overal:||5 Stars, Recommended|
Comments of Note:
"If you’re thinking that this latest version of the Austrian-based company’s Essential line is simply a mild spruce up of the previous model, think again."
"‘Visually, the turntable is a genuinely pretty proposition with the gloss finished plinth and acrylic platter improving on its older sibling’s aesthetics and giving an improved sense of quality."
"The pick of the bunch has to be the eye catching red option, which looks even more elegant and very smart in the flesh and avoids any of the rough edge criticism levelled at its predecessor."
"Build quality is good with all the major points of contact feeling of a high standard."
"It possesses excellent tonality. Listening to Arcade Fire’s Funeral sees the Essential III A put in an extremely compelling performance."
"On Arcade Fire ‘The simple, almost waltz-like Crown Of Love is wonderfully handled with Win Butler’s vocals beautifully defined in the centre of the sound stage and entirely distinct from the rich and vibrant string section and Regine Chassagne’s vocals that support him."
"Ibifornia by Cassius ‘the low end that is on offer has plenty of texture and detail to it and is beautifully integrated into the rest of the performace."
"The Essential III A never sounds slow or bloated and there is a sense of life and energy to the way it makes music."
"This fundamental musicality is its greatest asset. It shuns an overtly attention-grabbing presentation in favour of a more balanced and considered approach that is admirably hard to wrong foot across a wide variety of different musical genres."
"The Essential sets the new benchmark in the sub - £300 turntable market."
"This is a serious statement of intent from Pro-Ject at the asking price."
"...none can match the Pro-Ject's balance of refinement and energy in their performance."
"Wonderfully balanced and engaging sound; great looks and build"
"A seriously talented arrival to the budget turntable market that sets a new standard at the price."
Hi-Fi News, January 2017
|Reviewed By:||Adam Smith|
Comments of Note:
"Aluminium motor pulley – ‘As well as imparting a more quality ‘feel’ to the deck, its metal construction has the potential to offer both a better diameter tolerance for steadier speed, plus a modicum of extra weight for more of a flywheel effect when rotating."
"The package is fluid, musical and highly accomplished."
"The deck is sure-footed and more than able to dig deep into the heart of a recording to reveal inner detail."
"at the top end, the OM10 worked its magic once again and things were clean, smooth and assured."
"Pro-Ject has done it again. By subtly improving critical aspects of the Essential II turntable and making a small cartridge change to big effect, the Essential III once again jumps nimbly to the top of the budge turntable class."
"Its sound perfectly illustrates to a newcomer exactly what is so good about vinyl."
Hi-Fi News, January 2017
|Reviewed By:||Michael Brook|
Comments of Note:
"...the Pro-Ject's playback has an impressive level of refinement and scale - things are never allowed to get messy, even at high volume."
|Pre-Fitted Cartridge:||Ortofon OM 10|
|Replacement Stylus:||Ortofon Stylus 10|
|Nominal Speeds:||33 / 45 RPM (Manual)|
|Speed Variance:||33: ±0.70%
|Wow & Flutter:||33: ±0.21%
|Effective Tonearm Length:||8.6" (218.5mm)|
|Effective Tonearm Mass:||8.0gr|
|Dimensions:||420 x 112 x 330mm|
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